Disappointed pro-establishment netizens have reacted angrily on social media to the pro-Beijing legislators’ walkout during the political reform vote.
On Speak Out HK, a pro-government Facebook page with a following of 156,000 that is usually populated by comments attacking pan-democrats, most of the 490 comments in its pinned post are critical of the pro-Beijing camp. In this post, the comment with the most upvotes said:
A self-proclaimed supporter of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) sounded devastated:
One netizen lamented over what he interpreted as the self-defeatism of pro-Beijing politicians:
The government’s rhetoric focused on “punishing the pan-democrats with your vote,” a slogan used by the director of the Chinese liaison office Zhang Xiaoming and pro-government rally organisers. Chief Executive CY Leung also urged Hong Kongers to vote the pan-democrats out of office. But with the unexpected turn of events, pro-Beijing politicians might face a legitimacy crisis from their own supporter base.
In another pro-government current affairs page “Hong Kong Good News,” a bitter netizen felt that his voice was not represented by the lawmaker he voted for:
HKG Pao, a new pro-government online news site founded by Robert Chow, one of the most vocal organisers of pro-Beijing campaigns, avoided mentioning the pro-Beijing camp’s mistake on its Facebook page altogether. Instead, it focused on the dissatisfaction of pro-government protesters with pan-democrats. “People are disappointed with the rejection of the political reform,” the page wrote. “Who has disappointed them?”
Speaking on behalf of the pro-Beijing camp, Regina Ip of the New People’s Party told the press the pro-Beijing camp were as “aggrieved and disappointed” as their supporters, and expressed “sincere apologies to all the citizens who support the government motion.”